Wade Named All-Star Starter

January 21, 2009 - MIAMI, FL – The NBA announced Thursday that Dwyane Wade was selected as a starter for the Eastern Conference in a vote of the fans for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game. The 58 th NBA All-Star Game will be played at the US Airways Center in Phoenix , AZ on Sunday, February 15 at 8PM ET and be broadcast nationally on TNT . Wade is joined by Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (the top vote-getter), Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Detroit Pistons guard Allen Iverson as Eastern Conference starters. The Western Conference starters are San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, Phoenix Suns forward Amar'e Stoudemire, Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul. The Eastern and Western Conference reserves will be selected by the league's 30 head coaches and will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 29 on TNT .

Wade finished as the top vote-getter among Eastern Conference guards with 2,741,413 votes; the fourth-most single season votes for an NBA All-Star in NBA history. The 2009 All-Star appearance will mark his fifth consecutive and the fourth straight year in which he was named a starter.

In his four previous All-Star appearances, he has averaged 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.50 steals, 0.75 blocks and 25.0 minutes while shooting 56.3 percent from the floor. Wade was the back-to-back winner of the Playstation Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend having won the award in both 2007 and 2006. Additionally, Wade hit the game-winning field goal in the 2006 All-Star Game at Houston .

Wade currently leads the NBA in scoring average (28.8 ppg), ranks second in steals (2.27), ninth in assists (7.3), 10 th in minutes (38.3) and 19 th in blocks (1.54).


2009 NBA ALL-STAR STARTERS
Eastern Conference Western Conference
F – Kevin Garnett, Boston  F – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
F – LeBron James, Cleveland F – Amar’e Stoudemire, Phoenix
C – Dwight Howard, Orlando C – Yao Ming, Houston
G – Allen Iverson, Detroit G – Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
G – Dwyane Wade, Miami G – Chris Paul, New Orleans
Head coach: TBD  Head coach: Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers

2009 NBA ALL STAR FINAL BALLOTING EASTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 2,940,823; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 2,066,833; Yi Jianlian (NJ) 1,813,829; Paul Pierce (Bos) 1,238,763; Chris Bosh (Tor) 1,101,052; Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 632,051; Shawn Marion (Mia) 405,573; Danny Granger (Ind) 365,810; Josh Smith (Atl) 321,129; Tayshaun Prince (Det) 274,540; Michael Beasley (Mia) 273,471.

Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 2,741,413; Allen Iverson (Det) 1,804,649; Vince Carter (NJ) 1,239,613; Devin Harris (NJ) 1,182,406; Luke Ridnour (Mil) 1,039,902; Ray Allen (Bos) 851,205; Gilbert Arenas (Wash) 635,540; Derrick Rose (Chi) 474,384; Jose Calderon (Tor) 445,584; Joe Johnson (Atl) 420,210; Jameer Nelson (Orl) 354,773.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 3,150,181; Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 621,709; Rasheed Wallace (Det) 402,991; Samuel Dalembert (Phi) 396,119; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 357,997; Jermaine O'Neal (Tor) 342,723; Al Horford (Atl) 323,302; Brendan Haywood ( Wash ) 291,490; Ben Wallace (Clev) 263,862; Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Cle) 219,697; Emeka Okafor (Char) 212,539.

2009 NBA ALL STAR FINAL BALLOTING WESTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: Tim Duncan (SA) 2,578,168; Amar'e Stoudemire (Pho) 1,460,429; Bruce Bowen (SA) 1,392,398; Ron Artest (Hou) 1,362,565; Carmelo Anthony (Den) 1,337,519; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 1,107,926; Pau Gasol (LAL) 948,301; Shane Battier (Hou) 694,112; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 497,550; Luis Scola (Hou) 405,851; Josh Howard (Dal) 298,810.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 2,805,397; Chris Paul (NO) 2,134,798; Tracy McGrady (Hou) 1,678,516; Manu Ginobili (SA) 1,642,350; Tony Parker (SA) 1,084,361; Steve Nash (Pho) 677,211; Jamal Crawford (GS) 665,038; Rafer Alston (Hou) 550,199; Jason Kidd (Dal) 477,792; Brandon Roy (Por) 468,688; Chauncey Billups (Den) 466,073.

Centers: Yao Ming (Hou) 2,532,958; Shaquille O'Neal (Pho) 1,850,018; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 549,131; Mehmet Okur (Utah) 437,106; Greg Oden (Por) 359,318; Andris Biedrins (GS) 357,984; Al Jefferson (Minn) 310,643; Tyson Chandler (NO) 242,356; Chris Kaman (LAC) 231,928; Marcus Camby (LAC) 158,491; Nick Collison (OKC) 154,309.

TOP 10 ALL-TIME SINGLE SEASON LEADING  2009 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING TOP 10
NBA ALL-STAR VOTE-GETTERS OVERALL LEADING VOTE-GETTERS
Player Year Votes Player   Votes
1. Dwight Howard, Orl 2009 3,150,181 1. Dwight Howard, Orl 3,150,181
2. LeBron James, Cle 2009 2,940,823 2. LeBron James, Cle 2,940,823
3. Kobe Bryant, LAL 2009 2,805,397 3. Kobe Bryant, LAL 2,805,397
4. Dwyane Wade, Mia 2009 2,741,413 4. Dwyane Wade, Mia 2,741,413
5. Tim Duncan, SA 2009 2,578,168 5. Tim Duncan, SA 2,578,168
6. Yao Ming, Hou 2005 2,558,278 6. Yao Ming, Hou 2,532,958
7. Yao Ming, Hou 2009 2,532,958 7. Chris Paul, NO 2,134,798
8. LeBron James, Cle  2007 2,516,049 8. Kevin Garnett, Bos 2,066,833
9. Yao Ming, Hou 2007 2,451,718 9. Shaquille O’Neal, Pho 1,850,018
10. Michael Jordan, Chi 1997 2,451,136 10. Yi Jianlian, NJ 1,813,829